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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


CN Tower and harbourWladyslaw/Wikipedia


462 views to photograph
Looking up spriral staircase of Art Gallery of OntarioIan Muttoo/Flickr
Spriral staircase of Art Gallery of OntarioRandy OHC/Flickr
Spriral staircase of Art Gallery of OntarioLoozrboy/Flickr
Toronto signParl Bica/Flickr
The Audience, from belowMarcela/Flickr
Eternal Flame of HopeParl Bica/Flickr
Indoor Lookout LevelWladyslaw/Wikipedia
Laser lights from CN Tower at nightNigel Murray/Flickr
Leslie Dan Faculty of PharmacySomeone/Wikipedia
Leslie Dan Faculty of PharmacyParl Bica/Flickr
Nave of St Michael’s CathedralParl Bica/Flickr
Nave of St. Paul’s BasilicaFive-Two/Wikipedia
People at EdgeWalkRoger Ahlbrand/Flickr
Ripley’s Aquarium of CanadaRipleysaquaca/Wikipedia
Royal Ontario Museum and The CrystalThe City of Toronto/Flickr
Simcoe WavedeckRaysonho/Wikipedia
Toronto Eaton CentreDevjohnson/Wikipedia
Toronto skyline from Algonquin Island ParkPaul Barker Hemings/Flickr
Toronto-Dominion CentreJohn Vetterli/Wikipedia
View from Glass FloorFranklin Vera Pacheco/Wikipedia
Yonge-Dundas SquarePedro Szekely/Wikipedia
360 RestaurantChensiyuan/Wikipedia
Aga Khan MuseumJohnoyston/Wikipedia
Allen Lambert GalleriaRaysonho/Wikipedia
Art Gallery of OntarioJohn/Wikipedia
Atrium of Atrium on BayDanielle Scott/Flickr
Atrium of Don Valley Brick WorksDerrick Mealiffe/Wikipedia
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir TorontoIan Muttoo/Wikipedia
From base looking upRaysonho/Wikipedia
Bay Adelaide CentreParl Bica/Flickr
Central United ChurchMichael Kooiman/Wikipedia
Chapel of St. James-the-LessAuthor:franklin Vera Pacheco/Wikipedia
Cloister windowsSchwering/Wikipedia
CN Tower from Spadina Avenue Bridge at duskUmair Khan/Wikipedia
CN Tower from Toronto City Centre Airport at dusk horizontal– Wladyslaw [disk ]/Wikipedia
CN Tower from Toronto City Centre Airport at dusk verticalWladyslaw, Correction Of Perspective Distortion:/Wikipedia
Condo balconiesMichael Gil/Flickr
Croft Chapter HouseLoozrboy/Wikipedia
Elgin Theater interiorAnton Bielousov/Wikipedia
Emmanuel College [Toronto]Nevstokes/Wikipedia
Entrance to spriral staircase of Art Gallery of OntarioMichael davis-burchat/Flickr
Forks of the Credit Provincial ParkRichard Apple/Wikipedia
Gooderham and WortsMathew Ingram/Wikipedia
Grand HarbourSimonp/Wikipedia
Interior east wing Ontario Legislative BuildingAndrew Rivett/Wikipedia
Interior of The CrystalJohn/Wikipedia
Irish potato famine memorialDangle14/Wikipedia
Munk School of Global AffairsSimonp/Wikipedia
Nave of Cathedral Church of St. JamesParl Bica/Flickr
Old Mill Inn and SpaSimonp/Wikipedia
One Spadina CrescentSchwering/Wikipedia
Ontario Legislative BuildingBenson Kua/Wikipedia
Port Credit LighthouseZygmunt Siedleczka/Wikipedia
Prince Edward ViaductParl Bica/Flickr
Queen Street ViaductSimonp/Wikipedia
Scotiabank Theatre TorontoGtd Aquitaine/Wikipedia
Sculpture at Hockey Hall of Fame nhl4hamilton | chit-Chat /Wikipedia
Skyline and sailing boat from the Toronto HarbourMkooiman/Wikipedia
Soldier’s Memorial SlypeJphillips23/Wikipedia
South wing of Art Gallery of OntarioPierre Vignau/Wikipedia
St. Michael’s Hospital pedestrian bridgeParl Bica/Flickr
St. Michael’s Hospital staircaseParl Bica/Flickr
Sumatran tigerGg125/Wikipedia
Sundial at the engineering precinctJphillips23/Wikipedia
Thomas Foster Memorial TempleRick Harris/Wikipedia
Toronto Fire Department 10Simonp/Wikipedia
Toronto Island FerryRobert101/Wikipedia
Toronto Magnetic and Meteorological ObservatoryRaysonho/Wikipedia
Toronto Music Garden with King’s Landing CondominiumWladyslaw/Wikipedia
Toronto skyline and Centre Island FerryDennis Jarvis/Flickr
Toronto skyline and waterfrontBrigitte Hannemann/Wikipedia
Toronto skyline from Algonquin Island with canoeChensiyuan/Wikipedia
Toronto Skyline from Lake OntarioChristine Wagner/Wikipedia
Toronto skyline from Olympic Island at duskBenson Kua/Wikipedia
University of Toronto Graduate HouseSomeone/Wikipedia
University of Toronto main buildingJphillips23/Wikipedia
Windmill Ferris wheelAlex Laney/Wikipedia
World’s largest outdoor hydraulophoneGlogger/Wikipedia
Xtreme SkyflyerKatarighe/Wikipedia
Brookfield PlaceTaxiarchos228/Wikipedia
Canada’s WonderlandSpikephanta/Wikipedia
Distillery DistrictNeguev/Wikipedia
Don Valley Brick WorksLoozrboy/Wikipedia
Gardiner MuseumRick Ligthelm/Flickr
Hockey Hall of FameIan Muttoo/Wikipedia
Metro Toronto Convention CentreCoolcaesar/Wikipedia
Nathan Phillips SquareTaxiarchos228/Wikipedia
Rogers CentreWladyslaw/Wikipedia
St. Michael’s CathedralPaul/Wikipedia
St. Paul’s BasilicaSimonp/Wikipedia
Toronto skyline from Olympic IslandMarcin Wichary/Wikipedia
Atrium on BaySimonp/Wikipedia
Billy Bishop Toronto City AirportZwergelstern/Wikipedia
Elgin and Winter Garden TheatresSimonp/Wikipedia
Knox College [Toronto]The Nephron/Wikipedia
North York CentrePfhlai/Wikipedia
Ontario Science CentreBubz/Wikipedia
Regional Municipality of YorkWojciech Dittwald/Wikipedia
Regis College [Toronto]Simonp/Wikipedia
Richmond Hill [Ontario]Ccc2012/Wikipedia
Royal Ontario MuseumGisling/Wikipedia
St. James CemeterySimonp/Wikipedia
St. Michael’s HospitalThe Nephron/Wikipedia
Uxbridge [Ontario]P199/Wikipedia


Map of Toronto

Map of CN Tower area

Map of Greater Toronto Area


  • Toronto
  • CN Tower
  • Grange Park
  • Corktown
  • CTV
  • St. Lawrence
  • Downtown Yonge
  • Financial District
  • Harbourfront
  • High Park
  • Aga Khan Museum
  • Pecaut Square
  • Atrium on Bay
  • Queen’s Park
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
  • Cabbagetown
  • Distillery District
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Yonge-Dundas Square
  • Yorkville
  • Old Town
  • Queen Street Viaduct
  • Queen Street West
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Toronto Entertainment District
  • Toronto Fire Department 10
  • waterfront
  • Toronto Islands
  • University of Toronto
  • Don River Valley
  • Etobicoke
  • North York
  • York
  • Regional Municipality of York
  • Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Back matter
  • About PhotoSecrets



    A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

    There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

    In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

    PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

    About Bob Krist

    Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

    For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

    The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


    Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

    PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

    The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

    Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

    About Andrew Hudson

    Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

    Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

    Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


    At a Glance

    GPS:43.7, -79.4
    Settled:1750 (as Fort Rouillé)[5]
    Established:1793 (as York)
    Incorporated:1834 (as Toronto)
    Elevation:76 m (249 ft)
    Population:2,615,060 (city, 2011)
    5,583,064 (metro, 2011)
    Time zone:EST (UTC-5)

    Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. As of 2017, its population is 2,731,571, making it is the fourth most populous city in North America after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. Toronto is the centre of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the most populous metropolitan area in Canada, and anchors the Golden Horseshoe, a heavily urbanized region that is home to 8.7 million people, or around 26% of the population of Canada. A global city, Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

    Aboriginal peoples have inhabited the area now known as Toronto for thousands of years. Toronto itself is situated on the southern terminus of an ancient Aboriginal trail leading north to Lake Simcoe, used by the Wyandot, Iroquois, and the Mississauga. Permanent European settlement began in the 1790s, after the broadly disputed Toronto Purchase of 1787, when the Mississaugas surrendered the area to the British Crown. The British established the town of York, and later designated it as the capital of Upper Canada. During the War of 1812, the town was the site of the Battle of York and suffered heavy damage by U.S. troops. York was renamed and incorporated as the city of Toronto in 1834, and became the capital of the province of Ontario in 1867. The city proper has since expanded past its original borders through amalgamation with the surrounding municipalities at various times in its history to its current area of 630.2 km (243.3 sq mi).

    Located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is situated on a broad sloping plateau intersected by an extensive network of rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest, with 140 independently unique and clearly defined official neighbourhoods making up the city. The diverse population of Toronto reflects its current and historical role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada, with nearly 50% of residents belonging to a visible minority population group, and over 200 distinct ethnic origins represented among its inhabitants. While the majority of Torontonians speak as their primary language, there are over 160 different languages spoken in the city.

    Toronto is a prominent centre for music, theatre, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of Canada’s major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Its varied cultural institutions, which include numerous museums and galleries, festivals and public events, entertainment districts, national historic sites, and sports activities, attract over 25 million tourists each year. Toronto is well known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower. As Canada’s commercial capital, the city is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the headquarters of Canada’s five largest banks, and the headquarters of many large Canadian and multinational corporations. Its economy is highly diversified with strengths in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, arts, fashion, business services, environmental innovation, food services, and tourism.


















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